ANCING TREES is the open air, dance theater performance by theDAH Theatre, which deals with the importance of preserving trees. Realized in cooperation with the Dance Institute in Belgrade, it includes 7 performers and composed music and aims to sensitize the audience and encourage initiatives in defense against excessive tree felling.
One of the inspirational sources is the book by German forest engineer Peter Wohlleben, “The Hidden Life of the Trees” together with other sources and researches. The performance will use a poetry and magical world of trees that have their “life”, interwoven with memory, communication, care for young and breathing that releases oxygen – so necessary for the human survival.
Trees not only provide us with oxygen, they are also important for our spiritual and physical health.. In which ways awareness of that importance can be raised? Our show is also one of the ways one can choose. Our project aims to sensitize the audience and encourage urban initiatives in defence against excessive tree felling . By using creative ways, the show wants to inspire (invigorate) resistance and to motivate citizens to connect and network, be proactive in the defence of trees and forests.
““Trees are Earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.” Rabindranath Tagore
SPECTATORS IMPRESSIONS:The show is magical, I really felt some special connection with these wonderful people who performed in the show, and I started to look at the trees in a completely different way during the show. It was extraordinary.
I didn’t know there was a tree that is 9000 years old. I learnt that. I actually knew we were destroying them a lot, and I kept lying to myself that we weren’t destroying them that much.
Definitely, there is no activism without art.
This is a fantastic wake up call.
Art is a great tool in general to address many other problems as well. The show showed us what is really necessary to dedicate ourselves to as much as we can.
Art is a good language for various things, so is for environmental issues. Perhaps the most direct and explicit way.
The eyes are the most important for perception, that is the first- you see something. I think that a larger number of people are visual, it is much more impressive than having the text in your hands and thus informing yourself. Just to compare with tonight’s text that talks about how trees were cut down, how painful it is, how old the trees are, why they cut them down. When you also hear the music that accompanies the actions and lifts us, when you see the dance, and all these combined into one fantastic interaction with the audience, I am fascinated. Imagine someone who comes by chance and doesn’t think much about nature, and just happens to be in a place like this in the middle of Belgrade, of course that person will completely change the state of mind.
It’s important to give this topic a platform where it can be talked about. Art can bring the problem closer to its citizens. Science has a less effective way, because it talk in codes, and it is hard to understand it.
Yes, I think that this is the right way to reach a lot of people. It just has to happen more often. It is easier to get to me personally with this story than with some other performance, you simply touched me emotionally with words and actions and I literally experienced what you were telling me, lived through it.
In collaboration with BELGRADE DANCE INSTITUTE. [IUI]
Thanks to Museum of Contemporary Arts Belgrade, UK Parobrod and Ivana Abramović.
Special thanks to composer Ivana Stefanovic.
ITAC – Climate Impact; Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs; International Relief Fund of the German Federal Foreign Office, the Goethe Institute, and other partners: http://www.goethe.de/relieffund; City of Belgrade – Secretary for Culture.
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